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Lower Stomach Exercises -Unleashing The Best Techniques Ever!

A very important and many a time neglected step in these stomach exercises is isolating specific muscles in the abdomen. One set of muscles that needs separation so that they can be worked out properly are the lower stomach’s muscles. There are many of these stomach exercises which will isolate and will work on these muscles. With any kind of exercise regime, be sure to get a professional’s advice before beginning and do warm up properly for avoiding injuries.

Crunch less Crunch
This exercise is comparatively simple but might be difficult too. Essentially, it includes trying to push the belly button towards the spinal. This might be tricky, as this thing involves using muscles that wouldn’t have been used by you for activating. For a start, either on your stomach, lie or kneel. You may want to try both these ways and see which would help you feel the particular exercise better. As much as possible, relax the body then do try to use the lower abdominals only to move the belly button towards the spine. Hold it for 10 seconds. If holding back for 10 seconds feels quite easy, then hold for a lengthier period. The aim is to get hold of the contraction till you either can’t feel it, or till you feel you’re other muscles work harder than your transverse abdomen. When you feel like this, let out the contraction.

Alternating Touch of Toes
You should lie on a very flat floor for this kind of a stomach workout. Floor might work the best, using a towel or mat to cushion the spinal chord. Lie over the floor and put the feet up, in air. Extend the right arm and use the lower abdominals for lifting your shoulders from the floor. Touch the left toes with the right hand, and then bend yourself down again. Switch the hands and repeat it. Keep the knees straight and do maintain a space in between your chest and chin.

Sit-Up Hold
When you are lying still on the ground, try this one. Bend the knees so that your feet become flat on the floor and do position the hands behind the head. Have your elbows back so that you can’t see them– don’t put them along your head. Use only your lower abs for lifting your shoulders from the floor. Hold it for 10 seconds. You might increase the duration as you hold as the hold gets easier. Always lift your shoulder with your abdominals and definitely not with your neck or arms.

Lower Back Flattening
This stomach workout is a natural progression from sit-up hold, since it gets started from the basic position: i.e., lying down, feet flat, knees bent. You might have noticed in the previous workout that there will be a space between the lower back & the floor, which is created by your spine’s curve. In this workout, you might want to use the lower abdominals for pushing the lower back towards the floor and to eliminate this small space. Try to push, only with the lower abs and not by using the legs. Your pelvis might rotate slightly, which is good, as long as these lower abs do their work. Once you get your back flat in the floor, hold it for 10 seconds. Again, you must continue to increase this time since your stomach muscles starts gaining strength and endurance.

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The Stomach Exercise All-stars

There are plenty of stomach exercises out the for those who want to shape their core and strengthen their midsection. This may be both a blessing and a curse. It is easy to find plenty of exercises and routines that work the midsection, but how does one know which ones are any good? Well, listed here are what appear to be some of the best around, according to recommendations by fitness experts. If you want to work on your stomach, but are not sure where to start, then this “all-star team” may be a good jumping off point. As with any workout routine, be sure to consult a professional before beginning and always warm up properly to avoid injury.

Crunchless Crunch
Regular crunches are great for working the rectus abdominus (the muscles at the front of your stomach), but they do very little for the transverse abdominal muscles deeper in the midsection, plus they tend to put strain on your back and neck. This first exercise corrects that, working the transverse muscles with no back or neck strain. Essentially, it involves trying to pull the belly button in towards the spine. This can be tricky, as it involves using muscles which you may not be used to activating. To start, either lie or on your stomach or kneel. You might want to try both ways and see which helps you feel the exercise better. Relax your body as much as possible, then try to use only the lower abdominals to move your belly button toward your spine. Hold for ten seconds. If holding for ten seconds feels easy, hold for a longer period. The goal is to hold the contraction until you either cannot feel it, or you feel other muscles working harder than the transverse abdominus. When you feel this, let the contraction out.

Hip Lift
Remain on your back for this stomach exercise. Put your arms at your sides with palms facing up to the ceiling. Put your legs straight up in the air so that the soles of your feet are facing the ceiling and your legs make about a ninety degree angle with your torso. Keep your knees unbent and as straight as possible. Now, contract your ab muscles so that it feels like your belly button is being pulled toward your spine, while at the same time gently lifting your hips off the floor. Raise your hips to height of a few inches, keeping your legs extended straight upward. Hold this position, then slowly lower your hips back to the floor. Repeat for an entire set.

Long Arm Crunch
For this stomach exercise, remain on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Lie back and extend your arms straight back on the floor as though you are reaching above your head. Contract your abs and slowly lift your arms, head and shoulders off the floor to about a thirty degree angle. Hold it, then slowly lower your shoulders back to the floor. Repeat for an entire set. Be careful not to lead with your arms, keeping them straight and alongside your head.

Some other honorable mentions include the vertical leg crunch, torso twists, and any Pilates routine that emphasizes the core. Feel free to research some of these exercises more once you have mastered the three above. Now that you are armed with some of the better stomach exercises, you are on your way to a trimmer tummy!

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